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Bovine TB plan clears Minnesota Senate panel

ST. PAUL - A Minnesota Senate panel voted Wednesday for a plan to contain and eradicate bovine tuberculosis in part of northwestern Minnesota where the disease has infected both cattle and deer.

The Finance Committee approved the bill from Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook.

Its main provision is a $3.5 million buyout and fencing program for herd owners in the outbreak area.

Ranchers and farmers could sell their herds for $500 per head, plus ongoing yearly payments of $75 per head until the area is disease-free. The animals would be destroyed.